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Australia’s first educational hackathon set to motivate a slow-progressing industry

- May 20, 2014 2 MIN READ

Although we are witnessing a global shift where educators are harnessing the power of information and communication technologies to bring change to the educational landscape, Australian educators are still reluctant about incorporating new technology into their pedagogies.

This is evidenced by the slower adoption of educational startups like Literatu and Smart Sparrow, who are experiencing greater success internationally.

A new hackathon focused solely on Australian EdTech sector is set to change attitudes.

Students, teachers, business people, digital designers and developers are gearing up for the 56-hour hackathon, EduHack, to encourage innovation in Australian education. EduHack is commencing on Friday 20th of June, and will be run by startup myEd and the Centre of New Public Education.

At the end of the hackathon, participants will pitch their solutions to a panel of students, teachers, technologists and entrepreneurs, and the winning team will receive support to turn their ideas into reality. 

“The model of hackathons focused on the education sector has been applied in the UK and the US to great success,” said Rowan Kunz, Co-Founder and Chief Learning Architect, myEd, in a media release.

“By drawing on the experience, knowledge and insight of the technology and business communities and partnering with teachers and students the result overseas has been creative solutions that address real challenges”.

EduHack will bring together representatives from the business, education and technology communities, and encourage them to share ideas and team up to rapidly co-create innovative solutions that tackle real education challenges in Australia, while also equipping young people with the necessary skills to pursue successful careers. The best part of this initiative is its involvement with students themselves – the recipients of education.

“Too often education is something that is done to students, not with them,” said Ricky Campbell-Allen, Director of the Centre for New Public Education.

“Students spend 195 days a year in the classroom – they know what matters in education. They are an untapped resource for helping to improve teaching and learning outcomes in Australia.”

The event will be taking place in Melbourne. More information is available via www.eduhack.com.au.

Image: Rowan Kunz, myEd.